The Six Degrees of…Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is 2011’s Islamic Personality of the year. Kipp looks at some of his many potential six-degree connections around the world.
August 17, 2011 3:27 by Precious de Leon
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
This week, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has received the 15th Dubai International Holy Quran Award as Islamic Personality of the Year. The Islamic Personality is nominated on the merits of their writings and contributions to the Islamic cause. According to an article in The National, “The president has ordered significant humanitarian contributions in the country and worldwide, including the recent dispatch of 20 tonnes of food by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to refugee camps in Somalia.”
As the eldest son, Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father, the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who also received the Islamic Personality of the Year Award in 1999.
According to therichest.org, Sheikh Khalifa is the world’s fourth wealthiest monarch with an estimated wealth of $15billion. He ranks just behind Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is at number three. The world’s richest royal is Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej with his $30 billion wealth while the second richest is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bokiah of Brunei who has $20 billion. Somewhere down the list is this European monarch…
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